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HS503 : Creative magnets playing

Creative magnet play includes seeing how many objects one can pick up at a time, pushing one magnet around by the repelling force of another & testing objects around for attraction to magnets.Playing with magnets is a useful science activity in early childhood because it fosters conversation, exploration of materials & learning to make predictions.

The objective of introducing magnet to a child is to make an observation of how magnet work and the usage of magnet. Give example how common appliances in our household like the refrigerator door and in your surrounding like the drink vending machine applies the concept of magnet.Some of the activity you can do for your child to learn about magnet as the list below:

1. Introduce the nature of magnet which is magnetic force that can hold together two piece of magnet despite there is a barrier between the two magnet.

Extend the understanding of magnetic force is strong and show this to your child that when he moves around one of the magnet, the other magnet followsuit because of the magnetic force.

2. Explain the concept of magnetic poles by handling two magnets to your child and ask him to make the two magnets to stay together & to describe what he feels when he push the magnets together or pull them apart.

3. Have a test what object attracts to magnet to help your child understand that the property of magnet is in the material, not a size, shape or colour. It is very common to say that ‘magnets attract all metal objects’ until your child test it. (As for Hanafi, he was surprised that the magnet did not attracted to 50cent coin & handphone)

Record the findings. An example like below:-

4. Finally, let your child ‘test’ how strong the magnet by playing ‘magnet fish’. Challenge your child how many ‘fish’ he would be able to catch within one minute or so.

Have fun fooling around with magnet with your child. As for my child, Hanafi, he loves it & thought magnet is magic! LOL…

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Child's Play, Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Just Preschooler | 4 Comments

50 Science Fun Ideas for Toddler & Preschooler

Simple science ideas for use with
preschool children or toddlers.

1. Make bubbles: Mix one gallon of water with one cup liquid detergent & 50 drops of glycerine.

2. Jet balloons. Fill a balloon with air & let it go. What makes the balloon go?

3. Nature Walk: Take a plastic bag with you on your next nature walk. Encourage your child to collect leaves & small sticks & put them in bag. Ask your child about each item he choose to put in the bag.

4. Evaporation : Set out three cups, half filled with water. Add food colouring to the water. Have your child use an eye dropped to drop the colored water onto a piece of paper towel. Notice how the water evaporates, leaving the colour behind.

5. Play with magnets. Supply your children with magnets & various items. Have your child guess which things will stick to the magnet.

6. When it is raining, watch the rain. Talk about the sounds that you hear during a rain storm. What are the signs that a storm is coming. Talk about storm safety.

7. Painting with water:You just need a paint brush, water in a bucket & a nice warm day. Let your child ‘paint’ with water & watch how the water evaporates in the warm sun. Paint rocks, trees, the sidewalk, anything!

8. Will it dissolve? Fill five clear jars with water. Take 5 different substances like sugar, cereal, salt, paper, things that will dissolve & some that won’t. Ask your child which will dissolve & which will not. Test each item in the water.

9. Plant a seed. Watch it grow.

10. Balance play. Part of science is weighing items. Provide your child with a scale or balance for them to experiment with, & plenty of various items. This can usually be tied in with your theme. For example, if Hari Raya is the theme, let them weigh ketupat vs lemang.

11. Measure it. Another part of science is measuring. Provide your child with plenty of opportunities to measure things. Provide measuring cups in your sand & water table, & containers of various sizes.

12. Rubber band music. Place a rubber band on your index finger & thumb & pluck it to make a twang sound. Supply your child with rubber bands so he can try it. Can the sound change? How can you change it? How does it change?

13. What scent is this? Gather 4 or different scents. Blindfold the child, then place the object close the child’s nose & ask the child to smell it & try to identify what it is.

14. Paint on wet paper. Explain diffusion, spreading the paint on the paper, through the water.

15. Salt Art: Saturate hot water with salt. Let the water cool & have the child use the salt water to paint on black paper. Then after it dries, have the child look at the crystals of salt on the paper.

16. Sensory fun:Supply your child with many different items to feel, smell & touch. Like tree branches, leaves, dirt, rice, you can find many items for any theme.

17. Play with kaliedoscope.

18. Cut an apple in half & watch it rust.

19. Watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. Provide loads of pictures either from books, videos or even exhibition.

20. Compare animal parts with human parts of the body in example paws with hands & feet, arms to feet.

21. Chick Sequence Cards: Make simple sequence cards for your child. Draw the different stages of a chick hatching from an egg. Draw an egg in its’ nest, an egg cracking, a chick partly out of the egg & chick that is completely hatched. Do the same for tadpole.

22. Float or sink? Have several different items on a tray & a dish pan of water. Ask your child if he think an item that will sink or float. Try it!

23. Leg count: Show pictures of crab, octopus, starfish & frog. How many legs do each of the animals have?

24. Watching fish: Go to an aquarium, point out the parts of a fish, (body, fins, eyes, gills, tail etc…) Ask your child which is the biggest, smallest? How do the fish swim?

25. Make a telephone. Poke a hole in the bottom of 2 styrofoam cups. Place a piece of string in the bottom of one cup & tie a knot at the end of the string to prevent the string from coming completely out of the bottom of the cup & tie another knot. The } is a cup on it’s side & the represents the string. It should look like this: }—{ Have one child talk in one cup while another listens with the other cup. How long can the string be before the phone won’t work?

26. Sun Prints: Spully the child with a dark piece of paper. In the morning, on a very sunny day, with little or no wind, have your child find items to place on his paper. Have your child arrange sticks, grass, leaves & such on the paper. At the end of the day, see how the sun made a picture of them.

27. Build with dry sand, then build with wet sand.

28. Use magnifying glass. Have fun peering on so many things with it!

29. Measuring rainfall: On a rainy day, set out a container to measure the rainfall. Measure how much rain fell that day. Continue to measure the rain each day & record for a few weeks. Ask your child to predict how much water will be collected. Ask at the beginning of the day & ask when it is raining. Did his answer change?

30. Will it absorb water? Supply your chld with pieces of material to test pieces like cotton, plastic, wool, tin foil, etc. Supply your child with eye droppers & a cup of water. Which materials absorb water & which do not?

31. Condensation: Obtain 2 jars & their lids. Fill one jar with ice cold water & the other with room temperature water. Observe the results. Condensation occurs when the vapors in the air become cool enough to condense & form water droplets.

32. Evaporation:Obtain 2 clear plastic glasses of the same size. Measure one cup of water & place in each cup. Mark the water level of each cup with a permanent marker. Place one in a sunny window & the other somewhere else in the room. Observe the glasses of water over the next couple of days. Ask your child where the water is going. Which is evaporating more quickly? Evaporation occurs when the particles of water become warm enough that they run into vapors & leave the cup & escape into the air. Why did the water in the sun evaporate faster?

33. Glass & water music: Fill a couple of identical glass cups, at least 4, with varying amounts of water. Tap the side of each glass with a metal spoon. Which is the highest sound & the lowest? How could we change the sound?

34. Predict the weather. Have your child go outside in the morning, ask them what they think the weather will be like? Will it rain, snow, be sunny? What will the temperature be like? Record your child answer & compare them to the weather.

35. Make a tape of sounds around your surrounding…water dripping, the door opening, the phone ringing, lawn mower & so on.Play the tape back & see if your child can guess what the sounds are.

36. Visit a Nature Center or Zoo.

37. Make your own musical instruments, clap your hands, tap your belly! Use a can for a drum. Make maracas with 2 plates & beans.

38. Cause & effect. Try different cause & effect experiments…light switch, if you jump up, the earth pulls you down etc.

39. Play with dominoes.

40. Discuss the parts of a flower.

41. Use a thermometer to read the temperature.

42. What does a plant need to grow? You can ask your child, do a few experiemnts to see what plant needs to grow…sunlight, water, air…

43. Talk about what we eat. What do bears eat? What do lions eat?


45. Texture: Supply your child with different textured items to feel. Is the item rough, smooth, bumpy?

46. Flexibility: Supply your child with different items that range in flexibility. Rubber band, pencil, string, a stick. Which is the most flexible? the least?

47. Play with a flashlight in the dark.

48. Play with shadows, make shadow animals.

49. Collect & sort rocks.

50. Really any cooking is science! So try your favourite recipe. 😛

Hanz’s Note : Science is about living things & things living. It surrounds you. There is no need for you to spend your money buying cool gadget to teach science to your child. What is important is your objective when doing the science project, how you implement it and make it interesting as possible. Basic understanding about nature & how things work is a great start to nurture the love of science for young children.

Hope my list as above could provide parent(s) out there some ideas…if you have anymore ideas & have done any in this list, please share with me. I will share it with you from time to time as it is ongoing basis for my HS.

Have fun exploring science with your kiddo! 😀

July 21, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Hanz's Notes, Homeschooling, Just Preschooler, Just Toddler, Parenting in General | 11 Comments

HS502 : Hanafi 1st Cinema Experience & Public Transport Travelling

So many things happened last Saturday.

Hanafi & Mama went out early morning for our date. Papa sent baby Hambali to Opah’s house, then us to LRT Bangsar before headed to Customer’s site. Another Saturday working for Papa. Wish baby Hambali is big enough so that we could include him as well but ah, well soon ya, Adik!

Hanafi had his first experience boarding LRT & Komuter when he was just a tiny baby so he could’nt recalled how it was like. This time, I have explained to him what is to be expected & what’s needed to be done. Here’s some notes I guided on him:

1. Stand behind the designated (yellow) line for safety while waiting the train arrive if you are unable to find a seat at the station. Queue, wait for the train to open its door & let the passengers came out first before entering.

2. Do move towards the rear of the train to make space for incoming passengers. Courtesy and consideration for others is always appreciated.

3. Do hold on to the grab poles of handgrips when standing in the buses or trains. (Lucky us we don’t have to stand too long on the route KLSentral-Seremban & not even standing from Seremban-Mid Valley)

4. Don’t run or play in the stations, interchanges and trains. It is dangerous and you may get hurt.(I told Hanafi the total on ports / stations that we will passing through before reaching Seremban. He had fun counting all 13 & delighted with scenery watching)

5. Don’t talk or laugh too loudly in train – these are enclosed spaces and you will disturb other commuters. (I shown him quiet time like reading is good. I continue reading Breaking Dawn, perhaps next time round he can bring his favourite book too)

6. Don’t eat in the stations, interchanges and trains. We must keep our trains clean and free of litter!

Don’t want to overwhelm him too much with do’s & don’ts. Afterall he is only 5 years old so I think those 6 guidelines was sufficient. :>

Upon reaching Seremban safely, we grabbed 2 packs of biscuits. Boy, were we so famished due to the long ride. At Wan & Atuk’s house we did’nt stay long in fact we skipped Wan’s lunch. Unfortunately though Hanafi had to endure minor pain just in the nick of time when we were about to leave my folk’s home.

He stumbled while dawdling at the lawn & had his nose hit the stone-made lounger set. Blood gushed tremendously & so happened atuk & wan’s house was out of ice stock! Quickly I took my Ice Cold Pack from my EBM Cooler Bag & patted gently over the bleeded areas. Half an hour of Mama’s rescue mission before we rushed to the nearby clinic.

It turned out that Hanafi’s nose had a small cut & a small bump above his upper lip. Alhamdulillah, no concussion or anything worse than that. At first after that accident I thought I just want to head home but since I have being promising Hanafi to bring him to a cinema & watch Transformers 2, I just kept on praying things will get smoother & proceeded with the actual plan. From time to time I kept asking Hanafi whether he’s having any pain, headache or nausea. He confirmed all negative.

On the way back to KL, Hanafi slept on my lap while I continued my Breaking Dawn reading. Oh, almost finishing…Clearly Hanafi was exhausted & probably shocked. Pity him.Of all this commotions I even forgot to snap any pics only when we reached Mid Valley & straightaway headed to The Gardens, I remembered The Camera! Darn!

We watched Transformer 2 : Revenge of The Fallen

Hanafi posed for a while before the movie starts. If this picture was close enough, you can see the faint blood stains…

Can you spot the difference between the above pic & below pic? Yahh..Hanafi changed clothings. Double-layered for double protection. It was freezing cold inside the Signature Cinema. And, Mama was unable to bear Hanafi kept on wearing the blood-stained shirt & lucky there was an Isetan Sale at The Gardens. Grabbed 2 shirts & worn on him immediately!

Munching on Large Bucket of Popcorn. Real-cinema experience, eh Hanafi? Well, I did provided him some guidelines too while being here…

1. Sit quietly and concentrate on watching the movie. Talk is allow but only in whisper and if you must laugh, go ahead but a loud guffaw could be annoying. So just keep it down with a quite chuckle unless the whole audience is laughing too.

2. Parents must ensure age-appropriateness in selecting movie for your child. Don’t expect him to stay for 2 hours stretch in the dark & enjoying every minute of it if you have choose heavy drama or romance and such. Cartoons and what children are so INTO nowadays like The Transformer is your safest bet.

3. Snacking is allow & go for light snack & let your child have the total cinema experience like snacking on popcorn. Ensure that your child is not staying there with an empty stomach or fussiness might spoil the mood.

4. Bring some jacket or sweater. It can be very cold for little children to sustain. As Hanafi was wearing double-layered & long-sleeve clothing, he was warm enough.

5. If the child must go for ‘Nature’s Call’, go ahead and let the child know how to walk out & later walk in quietly. Let the child knows how to excuse himself if he must pass through other audiences. For us, we took two-seater on the sideline so there’s no interruption & I did asked Hanafi to ease himself prior the movie started. So, no disturbances! :>

Hanafi was enjoying himself and though he’s totally exhausted, he look forward for our next movie date. Harry Potter perhaps?

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Hanz's Boys, Homeschooling, Natural Parenting | 11 Comments

HS 501: Learning About Dinosaur

A backdated Chat & 1st attempt implementing the Thematic Approach in our Homeschool.

I was keen on Dinosaur Exposure for Hanafi exactly right after I read an entry in Mummy Intan & Farrahar. They went to the recent Monster & Dinosaur Exhibition, held at Mid Valley last 18th April to 17th May. So, I said to dear hubby, “Let’s bring our boys there too!”

Before the trip, I purposely intoduced Dinosaur to Hanafi by using this book….

I asked him, what he look forward when we are in the Dino’s Exhibition…he just smiled & shrugged his shoulder…hemmm..he had no idea… ;P

At the Dino’s Exhibition, there was nothing much you can do so snapping a picture was the most possible way. Snap-snap…

Cute aah the Dinosaur’s Egg? At first, Hanafi was so excited but slowly the excitement faded & he started to feel scared instead…he refused to take a picture with the Dinos… 😛

Too bad Baby Hambali was sleeping the whole time despite the commotion surrounded him..he,he. He finally woke uo when we’re about to leave the place.

Later, on the very same day, I bought Dinosaur toys for Hanafi for some sort of reinforcement.

It was funny that Hanafi kept on categorizing the Dinosaur to ‘Good Dinos’ & ‘Bad Dinos’ just by their looks.

We also let him watch 2 Dino’s Movies – ‘The Jurassic Park’ & ‘Dinosaurs’ over the weekend.

He told us he enjoyed watching both movies! Aahhh, he finally smitten!

Lastly, a bit of Drawing

then a Collage…

Can you guess the name of the 3 Dinosaurs of Hanafi’s Creations?

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Child's Play, Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Natural Parenting | 7 Comments

How to pick an early signs of Giftedness for very young children

Sometime ago, I regularly received periodic newsletter based on my free subscription with If my faint memory can be rely on, the former website is based in Singapore. Basically it caters for parents & Early Childhood Educator by providing some insighst in latest discovery in all aspects of children especially in brain development & early child development.

Here’s some checklist if you feel like assessing your lil ones. Read on!

Birth to 2 years old

The following checklist is a rough indication of what you may want to look out for after your child is born up to 2 years of age.

  • Ability of recognize carers early (within a few months after birth)
  • Early expressions eg. smiling
  • Unusual alertness
  • Interest in books (turning pages before 1 year of age and paying attention when read to within 6 months)
  • Unusually active & high levels of energy (but not hyperactive)
  • Playing with shape sorters by about 11 months
  • Ability to form two word phrases by 14 months
  • Ability to understand instructions by 18 months
  • Ability to say & understand many words before 18 months
  • Could stay still & enjoy a tv programs (eg. Barney) by the age of 1
  • Has favourite TV Shows / VCD /DVDs by age 1
  • Appears to require less sleep (yet not sleepy or irritable due to lack of sleep)
  • Recognition of letters / alphabets by age 2
  • Recognition & rote counting of numbers 1 – 10 or higher by age 2
  • Recognition of colours by age 2
  • Recognition of first word by age 2
  • Interest in puzzles by age 2
  • Has long attention span in interest areas by age 2
  • Ability to form at least 3 word sentence by age 2
  • Interest in time by age 2

2 to 4 years old

The following includes most skills in the checklist above

  • Early & extensive language development & vocabulary, forms grammatically correct sentence as compared to peers
  • Interest in computers (not video games)
  • Ability to solve a 20-piece puzzle by age 3
  • Has a vivid imagination (includes having imaginary friends)
  • Extraordinary feats of memory
  • Extreme curiosity & asks many questions
  • Specific talent (if any), such as artistic ability or an unusual facility for numbers – becomes more apparent by age 4
  • Ability to memorize & recall facts easily
  • Early development of a sense of humour
  • Ability to do one-to-ne counting for small quantities by age 3
  • Recognition of simple signs & own written name by age 3
  • Ability to write letters, numbers, words & their names between 3 & 4 years
  • Ability to read easy readers by age 4
  • Rather independent on the computer by age 4
  • Demonstration of musical aptitude just after 2
  • Ability to do simple addition & subtraction by age 4
  • High degrees of mathematical understanding by age 4

June 9, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Parenting in General | 1 Comment

Sign Language & Homeschooling

Another chat about Baby Sign & in relation to Homeschool. Specially dedicated to Homeschoolers Mommas. You know who you are. ;P

Commonly asked questions regarding sign language
in the home-school environment:

Q1 : At what age should I teach sign language to my child?

A :
It is never too early or too late. Commonly, it can be start by 6 months or 8 months & some begin later about 15 months. Early benefits to signing with a child include stimulation of speech and language development, as well as earlier communication and decreased behavioural problems. Sign language is a wonderful educational tool for young children because it exercises and develops structures in the brain that are used for language & reasoning. Adults also report numerous benefits from learning sign language.

Q2 : What are the benefits for using sign language as a teaching tool?

A :
Sign language is a wonderful resource in the classroom – from preschool, kindergarten, and beyond. Sign language reinforces auditory skills by adding visual and kinesthetic input. Signing also stimulates secondary avenue for conceptual understanding to occur. Sign language also improves spatial skills that are important for solid reasoning. There are so many cognitive benefits to learning sign language.

Q3 : Are there other reasons to incorporate sign language into my homeschooling curriculum?

A :
Learning sign language can be a wonderful socialization opportunity for home-schooled children. Simply becoming involved in a local sign language community can boost the social confidence of your child and provide a bonding experience for the whole family!

June 3, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Baby Sign, Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Natural Parenting | 4 Comments

Finally decision made, Homeschooling 100% be it.

The one month trial was over and we finally made our final decision. Quite an easy decision to make but we still giving a fair chance to let big bro Hanafi has his say and let him be part of the decision. After all this is his life we’re talking about.

Probably any of our family member would against the idea about stopping or removing Hanafi from the prestigious preschool but Hanafi’s well-being is what matters most. Points taken both pros & cons but we managed to find the resolution to make up the cons part.

Looking back the past one month, Hanafi attended his Genius Aulad school as per usual and then every Thursday & Friday, he was with me the whole day, being taught and monitored by yours truly.

Why? Well, first and foremost yours truly was one hundred percent Homeschool supporter. Second, yours truly is against the preschool condition of having too many students of 5years old in one class, hemm…20 students? That’s too many to my belief. For preschool, I believe the maximum number should be 10 only, hence 1:10 ratio. Third, we have been observing Hanafi’s enthusiasm since day one he started his school. He was, ah well not at his peak every morning getting ready for school and at times, reluctant and saying he does not like school. Fourth, what he learned in school was restricting his capacity in taking more than he is capable to. It’s like dampening his ability to move forward because he has to wait for…what, yah? That could relate to point number two. Lastly, the main reason when I’ve decided taking up a Diploma In Early Childhood Education was to nurture my own flesh and blood at his own pace which I’ve known it too well.

At present, we do not do much because to us parenting itself is Homeschooling and let the nature took its course. We persuaded him to contribute himself to the household chores like babysitting his lil bro, Hambali, folding clothes after taking up from the clothesline (only his clothes), helping his Papa washing the car and sweeping the frontyard.

Additionally, I’ve added up few books and teaching tools to aid & hoping it’s smoothen the journey.

I have chosen the Sunshine Kids Thematic Exercise because it is in line with the National Preschool Syllabus & one of the writer is whom I trust & known well whom was my former lecturer in MU. Managed to score A for both subjects he taught, Literacy & the other was Parent-Teacher Partnership. Also, we got the Wipe-Off Phonics & Maths, Word Games & Reading Games for the Literacy, & few Simple Reference book for the Field Trip Activity or Long Term Project, such as Dinosaurs, Space, Bugs & Egyptian.

Managed to grab such a bargain investment recently. The Mini Geosolid was sold half of the price, which was less than RM 30 for 32 pieces of 4 different sizes out of 8 3D Shapes. A great tool to further teach Hanafi about shapes. I got him Magnifying glass as well for less than RM10 & 2 Kaleidoscopes for less than RM 10 for both. The binocular belongs to me wherelse the clock was purchased two years back.

I thought I want to try out the Reggio Emilia method, which revolve lots and lots of Art and long-term project plus the ability to challenge a child’s creativity. But, after some thought, I would let Hanafi get into the ‘feel’ of HS first before implementing this approach. I would chat a bit about what is Reggio Emilia in my next chat.

My way of putting up or introducing a new lesson to Hanafi is simple. The steps is as follows:-

1. Showing Hanafi the subject beforehand either by book or article from magazine or print-out materials from the net. Free discussion ie. asking him what he looks forward from that subject (topic)

2. Bring him out to visit any exhibition or any relevant place that hold the subject for further input if it is available. If not, I would hold the event myself (like putting up an experiment and such)

3. Provide any suitable material to emphasize the newly-found knowledge ie. toys, Vcds & so forth.

4. All the materials collected or accumulated would be kept in one folder for revisit or reconstruction.

5. If there’s no more additional lesson prior to the topic, we move on to new topic.

For the rest, he is currently moving on to Peter & Jane 4(a) book plus Phonics, Iqra (in the mid of Book 2), Maths (more exercise on Addition & Subtraction) & Bahasa Malaysia (I would start with new method as I’m not satisfy with his performance in BM). And, lots and lots of Art & Craft & Field Trip especially when learning Science & Natural studies.

So, starting this month, Hanafi would be with me twice a week in the office. Isn’t it great?

June 1, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Hanz is up to..., Hanz's Boys, Homeschooling, Natural Parenting | 13 Comments

Storytelling : Benefits & Ideas that Parents must take note

Everyone can tell a story and storytelling belongs in homes, schools, in fact in the blogosphere!

(From Wikipedia:-Blogosphere is a collective term encompassing all blogs and their interconnections. It is the perception that blogs exist together as a connected community (or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social network.)

What do you get from your musings, ramblings, chit-chat or writings in your blog every single day? The list is endless, true? It goes the same with storytelling and you don’t even need any cool gadget or special channel to transmit the act. Just one storyteller (the least usually) and another individual or a group of audience. Oh, what they do? The storyteller will tell a story and the other party will listen contently. Simple, right? So, must we forget the act of simple storytelling that apparently having the fate of extinction? Don’t you miss the atmosphere whereby there’s a cozy time to sit and listen from an enthusiastic Storyteller through the slot of “Dengarlah Sayang”, “Tell Me A Story”, “Hikayat Seribu Satu Malam” and “Kisah Teladan from the infamous Sang Kancil”? Ask your child, what do they know about the infamous Folk Tales such as Si Luncai, Pak Pandir, Badang and the Myths like Hikayat Si Tenggang, Puteri Bongsu, just to name a few?

Why tell stories? I will tell you why by giving you the list of it’s benefits.

1. Sharing and creating a common experience. To a child, it aids the child’s ability to interpret events beyond his immediate experience and expanded his world view.

2. Introduce to a child the oral language patterns. A child needs wide experience with spoken language, if the child is to achieve success in literacy. Meaning, a child will learn body gesture, face expression, voice tones, emotion expression and such.

3. Develop a child’s listening skills.

4. Storytelling is an excellent source of introducing a child to the wonderful world of books. Additionally, it develop a positive attitude towards books and reading.

5. Contribute to the social and cognitive development, hence the feel of joy, sadness and even misfortunes.

6. Help a child cope with his own conscious self by giving the child structure for his own daydreams and fantasies.

7. Developing an ethical value system consciousness. Another way to learn about social norms.

8. Introduce classic tales and nurturing appreciation of cultural and national heritage as well as others.

9. Vocabulary enhancement and interaction interpretation skills.

10. Enrich various areas of curriculum, another approach of lesson transmission, be it science, geography and moralities.

As for parents, we can find little space, while in the bus or car, while cooking or at the dining table to share a brief story. We can offer a story break during homework times or create bedtime tales to welcome rest. We can gently discipline through the right story told at the right moment.

Here are a few favourite ideas for family storytelling :

1. True family stories – all the sad, funny, wonderful tales of growing up from your background and from your child’s.

2. Your child as a hero – you can put your child in the starring roles in stories that appeal to him and speak to his needs, fears or interest. You can ask him ideas as you tell or relate it all yourself.

3. Your child’s day – often at night, a story account sharing some of the things your child did that day will work well. If your child has imaginary friends, involve his friends into the tale too.

4. Trick tales – As a child get older, a story with a problem to solve is beneficial for a child to develop his thinking skills and manipulate his immediate experience.

5. Chain story – If your child isn’t too sleepy or simply at their peak, you could create a chain tale together:- telling a tale, then stopping a dramatic moment and having your child continue and so on back and forth.

Of course there are many, many types of tales to tell for many ages, from the wealth of folk tales and legends of heroes to the thrills of ghost tales and the challenge of myths and epics. As your family telling grows, make collections of family favourite – true, original and traditional. There is no end to the journey of family storytelling.

May 29, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Parenting in General | 6 Comments